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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    Let Cubans choose their future
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...2cd37#comments


    People line the street as they await the arrival of a military convoy with the flag-draped chest containing the remains of Fidel Castro. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    By Rosa María Payá Acevedo
    December 1, 2016

    Rosa María Payá Acevedo is president of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy.

    The tyrant is dead, but his tyranny is still alive.

    Today on the island, the communist Castro-totalitarianism regime survives the corpse of its most visible head. That is why the repression continues and in fact intensified a few hours after the news of Fidel Castro’s death, with the arrests and harassment of opponents.

    And it is why the universal value of the right to decide our future must now take center stage. This is a right that belongs to all Cubans by virtue of our humanity. It is a right that has been violated for more than half a century and that today is denied to us by the Cuban constitution, which prohibits us, as a people, from determining the economic, political and social system under which we want to live.

    One after another, the world’s authoritarians have proclaimed their mourning for Castro. From them, we expected it. But it is always disappointing, if not surprising, to see presidents of democratic countries and world religious leaders join the likes of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in sentiments of regret for Castro’s passing.
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    This is what President elect Trump said about Fidel Castro death: "Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro's legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve."

    Fidel Castro campaign of terror force his opponents into exile, sentenced them to jail for many years, and executed thousands of them officially or extra judicially, like in the case of Oswaldo Payá and Harold Cepero.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    What Rosa María Payá is complaining about is the support and recognition of the Castroit tyrannical regime by democratic countries, which are turning a blind eye to the tragedies, pain and deaths caused to the Cuban people during 58 years by the regime. She is simple asking for the moral support and solidarity of the international community to hold a plebiscite to decide the political future of the Cuban people in a peaceful way.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    El Sexto’s’ American Lawyer and Two Activists Arrested in Havana
    Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo – Translating Cuba


    (L to R) Gorki Aguila, Luis Alberto Marino and Kimberly Motley in Havana (Source: Rosa Maria Paya’s Twitter)

    Rosa Maria Paya

    14ymedio, Miami, 16 December 2016 – Kimberly Motley, an American attorney, and the activists Gorki Aguila and Luis Alberto Marino were arrested this Friday as they prepared to hold a press conference outside the Provincial Court in from of the Capitol Building in Havana. The Cubans were taken to the Zanja police station, but there is no information about the whereabouts of the American lawyer.

    “They were going to give a press conference about the situation of Danilo Maldonado, ‘El Sexto,’ who the authorities accuse of damage to public property,” according to Rosa Maria Paya, president of the Latin American Network of Youth for Democracy, who spoke to 14tmedio by phone. Motley also intended to take on the defense of Eduardo Cardet, National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL).
    Cardet his been under arrest since 30 November for “his political activity of leadership within the MCL” according to the Paya. He is accused of “assault,” a crime that carries a prison sentence from one to three years.

    On 26 November, El Sexto was arrested after painting several graffiti on the walls of the Habana Libre Hotel, reading “se fue” (He’s gone), and loaded a video to his Facebook profile celebrating the death of Fidel Castro.

    Recently he was transferred to Combinado del Este, a high security prison in Havana.
    Kimberly Motley is an American attorney and human-rights activist, arrived in Cuba from Afghanistan on December 14. She attempted to defend Danilo, “El Sexto”, a street artist who has been in and out of prison. After Castro’s death, he wrote in a wall “He is gone”. The next day he was arrested and has been in prison without charge. Kimberly went to see him in the prison, but was denied access. She was arrested and the police never told her what was the reason for her arrest, and after several hours she was released. The next day she was told she has to leave the country right away, took her to the airport and sent her back to the U.S.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    Thor Halvorssen, President of Human Rights Foundation, called Motley's arrest an "outrageous abuse" which he said "is a sad reality of Cuba's ongoing totalitarianism." Those protecting Cubans that don’t agree with the regime, run the risk to be sent to jail like in this case. And yes, torture and beatings are quite common on the island of Dr. Castro.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    As she said, what the Castroit regime did to her is “legally and morally reprehensible”. The Castroit tyrannical regime has no respect for human right. Of course, Progressives activist will not care about human rights abuses committed. They will no calls for boycotting companies that are in business with the tyrannical regime, like they have done in similar cases with Rightwing regimes.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba
    OAS chief denied visa to visit Cuba - News - JamaicaObserver.com

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017


    Luis Almagro (File photo)

    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Cuban authorities have denied a visa to the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to travel to the communist-ruled island to receive a prize from a dissident organization, he said Wednesday.

    Almagro had been invited to receive a prize named for dissident Oswaldo Paya, who died in 2012 in a car crash under mysterious circumstances.

    "My request for a visa for the official OAS passport was denied by the Cuban consulate in Washington," Almagro said in a letter to Paya's daughter Rosa Maria, who organised the ceremony to confer the prize.

    Almagro said he was informed by Cuban consular authorities that he would be denied a visa even if he travelled on his Uruguayan diplomatic passport.

    The Cubans conveyed to a representative of Almagro that they regarded the motive of his visit an "unacceptable provocation," and expressed "astonishment" at the OAS's involvement in what they deemed anti-Cuban activities, he said.

    Almagro said he asked that the decision be reversed, arguing that his trip to Cuba was no different from events he had participated in other countries of the region.

    Two other political figures who wanted to travel to Cuba for the award ceremony — Mexico's former president Felipe Calderon and former Chilean education minister Mariana Aylwin — said they also had been denied visas.

    Cuba was suspended from the OAS in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, and has declined to return despite having been readmitted in 2009.

    Since Cuba's suspension, the only OAS secretary general to visit the island was Jose Miguel Insulza, a Chilean who attended a Latin American summit in Havana in 2014.
    This is a blatant demonstration that the tyrannical Castroit regime has no respect what so ever for democracy, freedom and human rights. This is an affront to all countries members of the OAS, and in particular Uruguay, Chile and Mexico.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    So far, I have not seeing any criticism of the Castroit regime by the mainstream media for the flagrant show of censorship. The Progressives will twisty it around saying that this is the case of small country protecting itself from interference in its domestic affairs. Wondering if somebody has a take on it.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    The regime is worry of any softening of its total grip on power. Many Cubans were prevented to attend Oswaldo Paya Price ceremony, and some were arrested. Among the arrested were to independent journalist when they try to board a flight from Camaguey to Havana.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    Twenty Ex-Presidents Condemn Cuban Regime for Prohibiting Visits to Dissident Award Ceremony
    https://panampost.com/karina-martin/...biting-visits/

    By: Karina Martín - Feb 24, 2017


    A group of Latin American leaders has signed a letter opposing Cuba’s decision to restrict entry to the island based on political views (El Estimulo).

    The Democratic Initiative of Spain and the Americas (IDEA) signed a letter expressing their dissatisfaction with the Cuban regime following the denial of entry to former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, and the Chilean exile Mariana Aylwin.
    At least 22 former state and government signatories expressed their “discontent and rejection of the decision of the dictatorial government of Raúl Castro to deny the entry into Cuba of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón of OAS Secretary Luis Almagro and, Also of Laura Mariana Aylwin.”

    According to the director of IDEA, Asdrúbal Aguiar, among the signers are: José María Aznar (Spain), Vicente Fox (Mexico), Sebastián Pińera and Ricardo Lagos (Chile) and Álvaro Uribe (Colombia).

    The nearly two dozen ex-presidents explained that they are aware that “every state has powers to provide, by law, the necessary requirements for the entry of foreigners into their jurisdiction.”

    However, they pointed out that “the right to free movement and movement of persons can only be restricted, to the extent necessary, in a democratic society, to prevent violations of the law itself or to protect public safety and order; Which is not the case in the circumstances that gave rise to the unacceptable restrictions place upon former President Calderón, Secretary General Almagro, and former Minister Aylwin, for whom we express our total solidarity and support.”

    The Cuban government said that they denied entry to Almagro, Calderón and Aylwin because they intended to cause an “unacceptable provocation” in Cuban territory. However, the IDEA clarified that the argument used by the Cuban dictatorship to prevent entry to the Caribbean island rings hollow.

    “I know that none of us had the slightest intention of making a provocation with the Cuban system,” said the Secretary General of the OAS
    It is evident the solidarity of those that signed the letter condemning the Castroit regime with the Cuban people. The tyrannical Castroit clan has been close to 60 years in control of the island by brute force.

    This is the list of former Presidents that signed the letter of complaint:

    Oscar Arias, Costa Rica
    José María Aznar, Spain
    Nicolás Ardito Barletta, Panamá
    Belisario Betancur, Colombia
    Armando Calderón Sol, El Salvador
    Rafael Ángel Calderón, Costa Rica
    Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica
    Alfredo Cristiani, El Salvador
    Fernando de la Rúa, Argentina
    Vicente Fox, México
    Eduardo Frei, Chile
    Osvaldo Hurtado, Ecuador
    Luis Alberto Lacalle, Uruguay
    Ricardo Lagos, Chile
    Mireya Moscoso, Panamá
    Andrés Pastrana, Colombia
    Sebastián Pińera, Chile
    Jorge Tuto Quiroga, Bolivia
    Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Costa Rica
    Álvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombia

    Not a word so far from the Mainstream media about the 20 ex-presidents signing the letter. Apparently they do not consider this to be an important news.

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    Re: Who killed Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá?

    A brave act in Cuba deserves American support
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    Empty chairs with the names of Organization of American State Secretary General Luis Almagro and Chile's former education minister Mariana Aylwin. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)

    By Editorial Board February 24, 2017

    BRINGING FREEDOM and democracy to totalitarian Cuba will be no easy task. Two indispensable ingredients, though, must be courage on the part of the country’s dissidents and democrats, and international solidarity with them.

    Both were on display in Havana over the past week. At the center of events was Rosa María Payá Acevedo, daughter of the late Oswaldo Payá, a recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought who lost his life in a still-unexplained 2012 car crash. Ms. Payá decided to pay tribute to her father by awarding a human rights prize in his name and chose as the first recipient Luis Almagro, the Uruguayan secretary general of the Organization of American States, who has distinguished himself through forthright condemnation of repression in Cuba’s authoritarian ally Venezuela. Ms. Payá invited former Mexican president Felipe Calderón, former Chilean education minister Mariana Aylwin (daughter of a former president) and Martin Palous, a former Czech ambassador to the United States, to attend.
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    Obama’s heinous legacy has been his insensitive to the suffering of Cuba’s political prisoners and dissidents. His administration did not responded to the escalation of the repression by the Castroit regime.

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